New OCHA report highlights the plight of Palestinians in Area C forced to leave their homes

The mission of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors.

UN August 1, 2011 | OCHA

TODAY, 1 August 2011, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) launched a new report Displacement and Insecurity in Area C of the West Bank. This report focuses on displacement of Palestinian civilians in Area C, an area that  represents over 60 percent of the West Bank where Israel retains control over security, planning and building.

Acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham, said, “This new report, based on field visits to 13 communities in Area C, found that in most of these communities Palestinian families are being forced to leave due to the restrictive policies and practices of the Israeli authorities, including movement and access restrictions, settlement activity, and restrictions on Palestinian construction, along with insufficient law enforcement on violent settlers. All of this is increasing the vulnerability of these communities”

According to OCHA’s new report, residents in these communities face numerous challenges. They are unable to build and develop their communities due to restrictive and discriminatory planning policies, while neighbouring Israeli settlements expand. Palestinian families have difficulty accessing water, grazing or agricultural land, and even basic services, due to movement restrictions and lack of infrastructure. Violence and harassment from Israeli settlers is a constant in their lives.

Communities consistently reported that Israeli settlements are central to the hardships they are encountering. “Irrespective of the motivation behind the various policies applied by Israel to Area C,” Rajasingham continued, “their effect is to make development impossible for many Palestinian communities…..>

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